Linda Johnson has been named interim director of Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, effective June 1st.
Linda Johnson has been named interim director of the museum, effective upon the retirement of current executive director Christine Miller-Betts on June 1, according to a release. Johnson served as president of the museum for four years and has been on its board since 2014.
Miller-Betts was the first executive director of the museum and helped guide it from a tiny house museum in the Laney Walker District to a significant destination for Black History. She has served as executive director since the museum opened in 1991 and implemented multiple community programs, art and history exhibitions and educational projects, according to a release.
“A well-known and respected pillar of the Augusta Community, Ms. Betts has made a lasting impact on Augusta and created national awareness of the tremendous legacy of Lucy Craft Laney,” a statement reads.
A retirement ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus.